What is the Purpose of Temples?
A temple is a place where people are in a selfless spirit of compassion and love, and are truly worshipping God and surrendering their hearts to him. A temple is a place that transforms your life, by illuminating you and bringing you to higher states of consciousness and higher states of living.
We have so many educational institutions, Our Founder Srila Prabhupada went to MIT, Massachusetts Institute of Technology, in Boston. When he was there so many courses were being held. He said,
“You have thousands of courses in your syllabus but there’s not a single course in this whole college that’s teaching people who they are and what the ultimate aim of life is”
The most dangerous people in the world are not the uneducated, but the people with big, big, big educations but filled with envy and pride. They are the greatest dangers to the world. Academic knowledge are facilities, they are tools. The more powerful the tool, the more they could either do benefit or harm depending on whose hand it’s in.
So the purpose of religious buildings is to educate people to be first-class human beings, people who can actually be examples of integrity and spiritual principle. When you go to that type of temple, church or mosque or gurdwara, if we go to that place, where we are actually getting that higher consciousness, then our life becomes very deep and substantial.
Written by – Radanath Swami